I'm looking to buy a portable corral to put at my family's cabin so we can bring the horses over and ride the trails. I don't have a lot of money to spend but I don't want to compromise my horse's safety. It would have to be able to hold at least two horses. Help?
Well, we're going to need a bit more information. Are you talking actual metal fence panels that you can attach to the side of your trailer or are you thinking more along the lines of a couple strips of electric tape and some t-posts?
What kind of fence are your horses kept in at home? Do they respect electric fencing? Do either of them "test" the fencing? How much room do you have to haul the fencing?
The horses are kept with electric wire although I would like metal fencing because I know it's sturdier and also I'm planning to get another horse soon so I won't know until I get the horse if it respects electric wire. I do have a lot of room to haul the fencing.
First, welcome to the forum! There are 2 things I can think of - I have T-Post/non-horse climb fencing for my mare's main pasture, and it works great! Fencing comes by the roll, and had to get some lumber for the 4 corners as well. Tractor Supply has a lay-away plan that was very helpful during the planning stage in bringing my horse home. The 2nd option would be to purchase the metal tubed corral sections at Tractor Supply (or wherever) - they come in 10 or 12 ft, and interlock to create a portable pasture. I currently have 8 10ft ones and the gate on layaway so this summer I can have another small pasture for my horse to graze for a few hrs each day. Hope this helps! :)
Another question, will this fence be left put up at the cabin or will you be taking it back down and storing it when you leave?
If you are looking for a sure enough sturdy fence that can withstand pretty much anything a horse can throw at it, you will probably be better off just buying some panels from TSC or your local Co-Op. I got mine from a company in Abilene, but they don't mass market their panels to stores nationwide. They are both cheaper and much tougher than those orange or green tubing panels you can get.
If you are going to be putting it up while you're there and then taking it down when you leave, I suggest some of those step-in t-posts with at least 3 strands of wide electric tape hooked up to a charger (either solar or plug in).
On the solar corral, each horse gets its own paddock, where is the cabin ? How much wood and saplings are around, could really go old school and take an ax and build a corral out local cut small trees.